Don’t Ms. These Feminist Events: November 15-21 Edition

I need to pull a Hermione Granger (yes, the new Harry Potter film is coming out this week) and get a time turner so I can attend all these fantastic feminist events.

In Chicago, on Thursday, November 18, the Center on Halsted is hosting Night of Fallen Stars, an event for the Transgender Day of Remembrance (which takes place on Saturday, November 20). After a memorial to victims of transphobia, music and prose will be presented by Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center. Check for TDOR events in your area, too.

In Los Angeles this Wednesday, November 17, Jennifer Pozner, author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure Television, joins entertainment journalist Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn for “$h*t My TV Says: Revealing Gender and Race in Reality TV.” Pozner will be signing copies of her book after the talk.

Ms. (that’s us!) magazine is doing a panel on Ms. in the Classroom and Women’s Studies as part of The Huntington Library’s Women’s Studies Seminars on Saturday, November 20. Ms. magazine’s executive editor, Katherine Spillar, along with local women’s studies faculty–including Ms. blogger Audrey Bilger–will be carrying on a roundtable discussion.

I doubt it was just me swooning over Sleater-Kinney during high school, so all you fans out there take note: Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss have a new band! They are called Wild Flag, and while there is no song evidence yet on the Internet, they are touring–including shows throughout this week, starting in Grass Valley, CA  on Tuesday, November 16 and ending in San Francisco on Monday, November 22. Yes, in between they’ll alight in San Diego and Los Angeles.

On the opposite coast, the National Young Feminist Task Force for NOW and NARAL Pro-Choice New York are urging people to attend the New York City Council Hearing on Crisis Pregnancy Centers on Tuesday, November 16. This hearing will discuss a new bill that would require CPCs to clearly state whether or not they give comprehensive pregnancy counseling, which includes abortion and birth control. We discussed the tactics that CPCs use in our Fall issue: Read all it about it here. This bill is a really important issue for women, so if you are in the area please go and show your support.

For jealous Sleater-Kinney fans on the East Coast, don’t worry, you can have some riot-grrl revenge. At the Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, November 20, The Raincoats will be playing along with DJ Kathleen Hanna doing a set. Yes, it is THAT Kathleen Hanna. While you are listening to the music, take a look at exhibitions. “Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography” is a selection of photos from women artists and “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen” looks at women who critiqued kitchen culture.

If you are located in Boston, on Thursday, November 18, Inga Muscio–author of Cunt and the upcoming Rose–will be speaking at Boston University about the impact of violence, war and cultural trauma and how we can reconcile those into healthy sex and love. Copies of Rose will be on pre-sale at the talk.

Finally, opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 19 is Made in Dagenham, a movie which our Alexandra Tweten reviewed and thinks “families should see, especially those with daughters.” The film looks at the 1968 strike for equal pay at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, England, led by Rita O’Grady.

We’ve decided on “Don’t Ms. These Feminist Events” as the official title for our events post (clearly we love cheesy puns). If you have any additional feminist happenings this week, please post them in the comments section. If you have an upcoming event that should be featured, email me at

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Kerensa Cadenas is a freelance writer who is obsessed with all things entertainment, pop culture, television and film. She lives in Los Angeles and is obsessed with that too.